Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:39 UTC
A total of 1,747 village roads were closed due to heavy snowfall and storms in eastern Turkey. The roads include 791 in Erzurum, 362 in Muş, 262 in Kars, 252 in Ağrı, 50 in Erzincan and 13 in Ardahan. Snow reached a depth of 95 centimeters in central Muş, 77 centimeters in Ağrı city center and 32 in central Kars. Teams from the Special Provincial Directorate are working to clear snow from the roads.
The lowest temperatures in the region were recorded in Ağrı (minus 10 degrees Celsius), Erzincan (minus 9 degrees), Erzurum (minus 6 degrees), Kars (minus 4 degrees), Ardahan (minus 3 degrees) and Iğdır (minus 2 degrees).
Several flights to and from Muş and Erzurum on Sunday were cancelled due to the harsh weather conditions.
Storm Imogen sent 100 mile per hour winds and 60-foot waves hurtled towards the British coastline, hitting much of southern England and Wales. The damage was more serious for the residents of one apartment building in Bristol, where tree branches had actually come hurtling through their walls and ceilings.
Along the coast, waves hit with such force that locals were forced to take shelter in whatever way they could.
There were severe delays and cancellations on roads and railways and on ferry crossings. Though the storm has passed, forecasters warn that high tides and large waves are expected to continue along the south coast.
The Environment Agency has more than 50 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:02 UTC
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:02 UTC
CCTV footage showed the eight-year-old leopard first entering the Vibgyor International School at around 4 a.m. The security guards alerted the police soon after, but the wild cat escaped to hide in the nearby bushes. After it re-entered the school, the scared leopard mauled several people, including conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi, forest department employee Benny Maurius and a photojournalist. Security cameras also showed it brawling with a man near a swimming pool.
WATCH: Leopard strays into Vibgyor School campus in Kundalahalli (Bengaluru)https://t.co/bt1bLI1I8P
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 7, 2016
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:24 UTC
During the past two months, jackals have injured at least 50 persons in Tikipora, Sogam, Diver and adjoining areas. In the latest attack a pack of jackals mauled 3-year-old Moheeb and 4- year-old Ayan Zahoor at Lone Mohalla Sogam.
In a similar case attack Aasia Jan (12) and her 8-year-old brother Shabir Ahmad of Tikipora were brutally injured outside their house."The population of jackals in our area has swelled tremendously and they are on a rampage in human habitations," said Munawar Ahmad Khan of Diver. He added that large packs of jackals have been prowling in areas including Margi, Tikipora, Andurbug, Diver, Thandoosa, Lalpora, Dorsa, Chandigam, Sogam, Gundmanchar, Kuligam, Maidanpora, Cheepora, Kandhar, Shalagund, Nard, Sivan, Khurhama, Sivar and Sivan, and attack whatever comes their way.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:11 UTC
While gas emissions have occurred since eruptions around 1440 and 1470, the volcano is now showing signs of rising magma.
El Misti is considered the most dangerous volcano in Peru, with about 1 million people around Arequipa under threat.
New Zealand Herald
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:45 UTC
The 1.38pm quake was 35km south-east of St Arnaud, Nelson, at a depth of 65km.
Geonet duty seismologist Anna Kaiser said the shake was felt throughout the upper South Island and lower North Island.
"It was widely felt from Taranaki to Canterbury," she said.
There were also five reports from Auckland and one from Otago.
"It was a decent shake," she said.
"With that level of shaking, it would rattle things around but we wouldn't expect major structural damage."
People have reported feeling the slow-rolling quake in the lower North Island and upper South Island.
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:37 UTC
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:37 UTC
The fierce weather that struck Royal Caribbean's 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas on Sunday forced the captain to confine passengers to their cabins until the storm passed early Monday.
The cruise line, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, suggested the "extreme wind and sea conditions" that hit as the ship sailed south from the New York area to Port Canaveral, Fla., were unexpected, noting that the wind speeds were higher than what was forecast.
"The captain told everyone this morning that the day was among his most challenging — if not his most challenging — at sea," said Robert Huschka, executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. Huschka is on board the ship with his family.
Four passengers were injured during the event, though none seriously, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. There are 4,529 passengers and 1,616 crew members on board, she said.
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:34 UTC
The earthquake, at 2:19 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered about 94 kilometers (58 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck about 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake.
Shaking was felt on nearby islands but there was no immediate word on damage or casualties from the remote region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from Tuesday's earthquake and no tsunami alerts have been issued.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially measured the earthquake at 6.7 before it was downgraded to 6.3 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Earthquakes in the mountainous nation of Papua New Guinea, which is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', do rarely cause damage or casualties as most structures in the region are light and flexible. This allows them to bend, rather than snap, when a major earthquake occurs.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00 UTC
By chance, she had discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei—that infects white-tailed deer. It's the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America. Though white-tailed deer diseases have been heavily studied—scientist hadn't noticed that many have malaria parasites.
Martinsen and her colleagues estimate that the parasite infects up to twenty-five percent of white-tailed deer along the East Coast of the United States. Their results were published February 5 in Science Advances.